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Exclusive: Professor who downplayed oil spill has federal government contracts

Investigation also finds BP telling university what to research Quoted in scores of news outlets, appearing on dozens of network news programs and even landing a guest spot on The Late Show with David Letterman, oil spill expert Ed Overton has been a ubiquitous presence in the media throughout the…

Beck: Universities can be as ‘dangerous’ as Iran and North Korea

Glenn Beck is a busy man. Sure, he just hosted a much-publicized rally in front of Honest Abe and a new website — to, um, apparently supplement the multiple sites that Rupert Murdoch already has all over the web. But keeping up with news? That’s tough work. And heck, old…

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog

Most young Americans entering university this year can’t write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven’s a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college. To students who will get their bachelor’s degrees in 2014, Czechoslovakia has…

White S. Africans convicted over racist ‘urine stew’ video

S. African white students plead guilty over urine-tainted food, drink in racism video case Four white former students pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges surrounding a video they made humiliating black university employees in a case prompting bitter protests that racism remains entrenched in South Africa more than a decade after…

Cash-strapped California public university paid $75,000 for Palin speech

Capping a long-running dispute, a cash-strapped California public university revealed Friday its foundation arm paid Sarah Palin $75,000 to give a 40-minute speech at a recent anniversary dinner for the campus. The former vice presidential candidate’s appearance drew intense criticism and scrutiny after officials refused to disclose the terms of…

Documents show Palin demanded Lear jet, bendy straws for speech

A document fished out of a California state university trash bin last week has prompted a state investigation into the university’s foundation arm and its refusal to disclose details related to Sarah Palin’s upcoming speech at the school. On Tuesday, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office would look…

Coulter: I’m victim of ‘hate crimes against conservatives’

OTTAWA — Firebrand US conservative Ann Coulter has accused a Canadian university provost of “hate crimes against conservatives” and called for a human rights probe of the matter, a local paper said Tuesday. The American right-wing pundit and author is in Canada for a trio of speeches. Ahead of a…

Virginia AG orders colleges to stop protecting gays

Officials and student leaders at Virginia colleges are reacting mutedly, so far, to an order from state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that the schools stop protecting LGBT students. In a letter (PDF) sent to the state’s public colleges and universities and obtained by the Washington Post, Cuccinelli declared that the…

US rescuers save woman at collapsed university

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- American rescue workers have freed a woman trapped for four days under the rubble of a collapsed university building, a rare miracle in a city awash in death and misery.…

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